St. Bonaventure Indian School is a private, Catholic school located at the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation in Thoreau, NM. The school is one of the ministries of St. Bonaventure Indian Mission which serves the Diné of the area.
The school enrolls approximately 200+ students annually from preschool through grade eight, more than 90 percent of whom live at, near or below the poverty level.
St. Bonaventure Indian School is tuition-free as are the nutritious breakfast and lunch provided daily to all students. Mission school buses transport the children to and from school each day. The board and staff of St. Bonaventure School are firmly committed to the ideal that education is the surest path out of poverty.
The beautiful Navajo culture and heritage invites us to live in balance with nature, our surroundings and all of Mother Nature's inhabitants. The modern world of the 21st Century requires the students to become capable, life-long learners with extensive life skills. By respecting both Navajo and modern ways, educators in this Christ-centered environment bring the lessons of each world to the Navajo students for success in both.
As part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup, St. Bonaventure Indian School is accredited by the North Central Accreditation Agency and managed by Principal Sr. Natalie Bussiere, SND, who served as principal from 1992-2012.